Manchester United’s quest to win the Europa League ended in disappointment in Poland.

United did not enter the competition until after they were eliminated from the Champions League and were almost done with the tournament’s top scorer.

Edinson Cavani scored six goals despite only appearing in five of Manchester United’s nine Europa League games.

This left him just behind the top scorers in the Europa League, who were divided into four players with seven goals, each of whom had played through the group stage.

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Cavani isn’t the only star named their Europa League Team of the Season and Manchester United players make the cut.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Bruno Fernandes record data from the start of the Europa League to the final and are featured in the XI, which happens to be dominated by Dinamo Zagreb players.

Fernandes may have let himself down in the final, but he couldn’t be suppressed up until that point.

At Real Sociedad and at home with Roma, he scored five goals and four assists from nine games.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka also started all nine Europa League games and was a consistently strong player, with attacking opponents rarely changing anything.

Villarreal CF v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final(Photo by Mateus Slodkowski / DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Ultimately, these awards don’t mean much to a team that still tastes defeat and grapples with the loss, but it at least recognizes the contribution the couple has made throughout the campaign.

Fernandes’ criticism comes upon him after he was shut down by Villarreal and this has to do with the territory of being the star of the team.

When a player is consistently good enough to contribute 28 goals and 18 assists in a season, he is expected to create magic every time he steps on the field. Sometimes it doesn’t happen and unfortunately one of those rare rest days came for United on the day the team needed it most.

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